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Should Panda's Live?

Updated on October 1, 2012

Panda is the rarest and cutest member of the Bear family. But, it is one of the most threatened animals today. Although, it has a special significance for World Wild Fund (WWF) as it has been the organization's logo since 1961, the year the organization was founded.

Facts about Panda

Panda is usually found in China and only ~2500 panda's are surviving right now. This bamboo eating member of the bear family is facing a number of threats. Mainly, with the habitat loss for the bears. These panda's are getting isolated and are now restricted to the mountains since the low land areas have been developed into farming and other developmental projects. This is isolating the Pandas and are becoming a threat for poaching.

A wild giant panda’s diet is almost exclusively (99 percent) bamboo. The balance consists of other grasses and occasional small rodents or musk deer fawns. In zoos, giant pandas eat bamboo, sugar cane, rice gruel, a special high-fiber biscuit, carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes.

Panda has been in the news lately because of the television presenter, Chris Packham who hosts BBC2s Springwatch. He made a statement that "Giant pandas should be allowed to die out."The television presenter pointed that this species was not strong enough to survive on its own and that the millions spend on preserving this species can be spent some where else.

There was a huge uproar on the internet by the above comment. Now, is the television presenter playing reverse psychology by making such a statement?I don't know if Chris meant to say the above but people were out raged by that statement and asked him to make a public apology on what he uttered.It definitely created a stir and petitions were signed to prevent such a loss on this planet. People became aware of their surroundings and started thinking of all the possible ways to save those species which are coming near to extinction because of our reckless life-styles.

Now, whether Chris said that deliberately or just to make an awareness is definitely up to his consciousness. But, the pot is boiling with all the possible new ingredients to mix into it so, that the end product is in favor of the endangered animals.

In the end of all this drama, I can only say, "Jai Ho!!"


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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Ruchira, I remember when Chris Packham made the statement, and my first reaction was that of surprise and shock, because I'd always admired his passion for the natural world. Now, I think he made the statement to challenge conservation policy- are we spending too much money on saving one species, just because they're cute? Probably. We need to focus more on keeping as much as of the biosphere as intact as possible instead of focusing on the cutest and cuddliest. Voted up etc.

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      MzChaos 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      If he was using reverse psychology, then I would say it worked. Humans don't tend to be conscious of much until they get beaten over the head with's the whole apple fell on my head and suddenly there is gravity...thing. Thank you for bringing this to my awareness.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Who has the right to decide if a fellow create should just die out? My goodness. What if someone decided that a certain religious group, race or age group of humans should just die out, because it was too much effort to keep them alive? Sometimes our race disgusts me. Pandas are earth's treasure. The fact that they are the brand and logo for WWF is all the more reason that people in positions of power should be doing whatever is possible to make sure that Pandas are here for the next generation. Good hub! Thanks. Voted up and sharing.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Alocsin,

      Apologize for the delay but, thank you for your vote :)

      they sure are adorable creatures and we have no right to eliminate them.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've been lucky enough to see these animals live at zoos in Washington DC and San Diego. And I say "yes" to your question. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Sure :)

      Thanks for your support Susan....appreciate it.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, That's what I understood and it could be a good way to help these cute bears :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Oh Yeah Susan...I too would vouch for these cute creatures to exist.

      This hub was in regards to a commentator who (I think) used reverse physiology by making a nasty statement against the Panda's and helped create awareness!

      Thank you for your precious comment!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was fortunate to have visited the Toronto Zoo one year and the main attraction that year was 2 Panda bears. Should Pandas live? Hell Yes!